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All eyes on ‘Five Eyes’ response to Huawei schism

  • A pedestrian walks past a Huawei product stand in central London. (AFP) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo makes a key trip to Asia-Pacific this week, with a vital stop-off at Thailand’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations foreign minister forum, before heading to Australia. In...
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Next UK PM must forge an elusive national consensus

  • Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson held their first head-to-head television debate on Tuesday night in their battle to become the UK’s next prime minister. With polls still indicating the sometimes-faltering Johnson could win the vote among Conservative Party members by a landslide, the irony is tha...
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Europe’s new leaders to face major early tests

  • Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen, currently a defense minister in Angela Merkel’s Cabinet, has been proposed for the European Commission president’s role. (Reuters) EU leaders on Tuesday agreed in principle on a new team to lead the Brussels-based club into the 2020s after a battle...
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After wild five years, EU prepares for 2020s

  • European presidents and prime ministers meet for a landmark summit on Thursday and Friday that will shape the continent until at least 2024. The meeting will focus on the bloc’s future strategic agenda, but the most difficult business will be carving up top EU jobs, with a transition of power u...
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Next UK leader must tackle troubled Tory legacy

  • Theresa May announced, with unusual emotion, on Friday that she will resign as Conservative Party leader on June 7. While she will stay on as Britain’s prime minister until at least July, her time in office is now ending with an unfortunately lousy legacy. So, with the selection of a new...
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Abe to continue charm offensive as Trump visits Japan

  • Donald Trump starts on Saturday a multi-day trip to Japan with a packed agenda, including preparations for next month’s G-20 summit. The primary reason for the visit, from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s viewpoint, is the opportunity to deepen his personal bond with the mercurial...
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Troubled EU plots its future course

  • Romanian President Klaus Iohannis arrives for the informal meeting of European Union leaders in Sibiu, Romania. (Reuters) European presidents and prime ministers met on Thursday for a landmark summit aimed at helping to set the EU’s strategic agenda for the next five years. The s...
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Putin bids to steer North Korea talks in pro-Russia direction

  • A historic first summit between Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin is in the offing. (AP Photo | Getty Images) The Kremlin confirmed on Monday that preparations are underway for a historic first summit between Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un. With the meeting potentially taking p...
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May’s Halloween Brexit extension could come back to haunt her

  • Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May in the House of Commons. (AFP) The House of Commons adjourned last Thursday night for a two-week recess after an agreement on the latest Brexit extension to October 31.  While many MPs have welcomed the new Halloween deadline, it repre...
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Europe and China have much to gain from working together

  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (C) speaks next to European Council President Donald Tusk (L) and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker (R) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (File photo/AFP) The EU-China summit begins on Tuesday amid growing bilateral angst. Euro...
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